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Valley Forge was the low point for the American Battle for Independence. Philadelphia, the capital city, was lost. The troops had no provisions as they were forced to winter in the wilderness. Washington’s friends in Philadelphia such as the Rev. Duche of Christ Church urged Washington to surrender because the battle was lost. It was here that Washington’s courage and leadership shaped the outcome of American history.
Washington is one of the greatest men of history for two things he did not do: he did not quit when all seemed lost at Valley Forge, and he refused to become king when the Revolutionary War was finally won. On May 2, 1778 at Valley Forge, Washington called on his men “to add to the glory of being a patriot, the higher glory of being a Christian.” In this simple way he shared the gospel. Matthew 16:26 says, “What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul?” (NIV). Washington believed a good patriot became stronger by faith.